Mole, skin tag, lipoma diagnosis
We provide mole, wart or skin tag removal in our London, Nottingham & Leicester clinics. If you have a mole, wart or skin tag which you are concerned about, for whatever reason, Peonia Medical can safely examine and remove it for you. Most moles are harmless but, if you notice anything untoward or just want to have one removed, our mole mapping and removal service is available to you.
Removal is a relatively straightforward procedure normally done under local anaesthesia – so you won’t experience any discomfort and you will be able to go home the same day. Just ask for a free consultation and we can talk through the procedure and what is involved.
Early Detection Saves Lives!
Hard to guess aren’t they!
Self-checking is of vital importance as it can decrease your risk of skin cancer. You need to know what is on your skin and how it works.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK (Cancer Research 2016) 1 out of 100 customers accessing our MoleScan service are diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma.
Self-Checking – it only takes 5 minutes!
What will treatment involve?
We will numb the affected area of skin with a local anaesthetic before starting the removal procedure. Moles and larger lesions are normally removed using a scalpel, the wound closed using stitches and then a temporary dressing applied. Warts will be frozen off using cold liquid nitrogen gas or destroyed using a precision high-energy laser. Skin tags are normally removed with surgical scissors. We will have discussed everything with you beforehand in a full consultation.
How can I check myself?
Check all the areas that are clearly visible: Face, arms, stomach, chest, thighs and calves.
Take photos to:
1. Know what’s on your skin
2. What it looks like
3. Where it is
4. Is it changing?
Regularly look at the photos and compare them to your skin for any changes in size, shape, colour, borders and symptoms such as bleeding, crusting, itching etc.
Check & check again!
Check the areas that are not clearly visible: Back, back of neck, back of legs and scalp. When checking the scalp, use a hair dryer to help you part the hair to see.
There are two ways to do this:
1. Use a hand mirror
2. Get someone to help. Partners, siblings, parents etc.
3. And don’t forget to take photos & measure.
Check forgotten areas!
Ears, soles of feet, toes, elbows, neck, fingers, nails, groin and under your breasts.
Take photos & measure.
Fingers & toe nails:
If you spot a vertical line that is brown across your fingernail, get this checked. This could be a sign of skin cancer!
Please be aware of The ABCDE rule of suspicious lesions:
A- Asymmetry: wherever you draw a line through the centre, both halves should be the same for most benign lesion.
B- Borders: Unclear, irregular or ragged boundaries against normal skin could be a sign of malignancy.
C- Colour: Changes in colour – especially black, blue or uneven colours.
D- Diameter: If the lesion is more than 5-6mm in diameter and changing in size, please pay special attention.
E- Evolving: Be alert if there are changes in shape, size, colour, itching or bleeding of existing moles/lesions or if a new mole/lesion appears.
What should I do If I am concerned?
If you have any moles/lesions you are unsure of, or suspect severe illness, please consult a specialist. Here at Peonia Medical, we work with a team of dermatologist to provide accurate, fast diagnosis of any skin lesion in suspicion, and help managing them with either surgical removal or monitoring.
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